The following are summaries of recent Times restaurant reviews.
Anh Hong, 10195 Westminster Ave., Garden Grove. (714) 537-5230. Open Mondays through Thursdays 3 to 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Anh Hong is a Vietnamese restaurant for beef lovers only; the specialty is a seven-course beef dinner that would bring a trucker to his knees. You start with a flavorful beef salad topped with a sweet vinegar sauce, and then experience a variety of courses ranging from fondue to grilled sausages wrapped in Hawaiian lot leaf. Service is warm and attentive, and the waiters will show how the various courses should be eaten. It's an encounter with Vietnamese culture, as well as a culinary adventure. For $9.95, there's probably no greater value anywhere. Just make sure you go on an empty stomach.
Watercolors, at the Dana Point Resort, 25125 Park Lantern, Dana Point (714) 661-5000. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
California cuisine looks even more exotic at the new, Cape Cod-style Watercolors restaurant located in the Dana Point Resort. Chef Peter Striffolino has put together a menu filled with local delicacies, like Pacific oysters baked with leeks and spinach, Sonoma goat cheese with red oak lettuce, and medallions of lamb with red cabbage and papaya chutney. The restaurant is tastefully put together as well, with a broad view, spacious seating and first-class appointments, but the experience there is somewhat marred by erratic service. Watercolors should be first-class too . . . as soon as the paint dries.